Cristian Măcelaru Appointed Music Director Of Orchestre National De France

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Sorin Popa)

The Orchestre National de France has announced that conductor Cristian Măcelaru will take over as a Music Director starting 2021-22 season.

The orchestra announced that he will sign on for an initial four year contract.

The conductor said in a statement, “I look forward with great anticipation and excitement to joining the ONF family. From the onset of the first rehearsal together, we both understood each other’s desire for a more refined music making structured on the basis of the deep understanding of the composer’s intent.

Building on these concepts, I am certain we will be able to continue on the immense tradition created by our illustrious predecessors, yet find ways to bring our identity as a truly 21st century ensemble, through all means available to us as part of a media organization, to the ever wider audience. Art is a deep necessity in our world today, not just to portray an image or tell a story, but to communicate the deepest of our human emotions. These emotions connect us all, and define our place in the universe.

And with this message, I join my wonderful colleagues at the ONF in hopes of creating a more unified world, a more sensitive world, an art filled world that celebrates humanity and our shared values.”

Born in Timisoara, Romania, Măcelaru recently began his tenure as the Chief Conductor of the WDR Sinfonieorchester. He first attracted international attention in 2012 when he received the prestigious “Solti Emerging Conductor Award”, followed by the “Solti Conducting Award” in 2014.

He has regularly performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony and National Symphony Orchestra. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2015 and in the same year he led the Cincinnati Opera in Verdi’s opera “Il Trovatore.”